Monday, June 28, 2010

Nevado del Huila

Lying in Cordillera Central mountain range, in Huila Department, the Nevado del Huila is the highest active volcano in Colombia. It is 5,365 meters (17,602 ft) high and had been dormant for more than 500 years until it showed heavy signs of activity in 2007 and 2008. As of February 20, 2007, there were more than 7000 "minor" seismic events, and a high state of alert was in place for the departments of Cauca, Huila, Caldas and Valle del Cauca.

The Nevado del Huila volcano erupted twice in April 2007, once in April 2008 and again in November 2008. Any eruption would affect the small villages around the volcano, mostly Paez, Cauca, where their habitants still have in memory the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano and the destruction of Armero. The high point of the Nevado del Huila complex is Pico Central. Two glacier-free lava domes lie at the southern end of the complex.